Synergetic Parent Portal
ETASC’s school administration software system, Synergetic, has an online portal to provide parents/carers access to information about parent teacher interview booking facilities, student attendance, student personal details and contact details here at the college.
This portal also provides parents/carers the ability to update information.
If parents/carers have not been provided access to the Parent/Carer Portal by the 10th February, please contact the college office so your portal access details can be provided.
As development of the Parent/Carer Portal continues, parents/carers will be emailed when updates are made and new options are available.
Regular Pattern of School Attendance Required by Students
A reminder to parents/carers that in order for their child to continue their enrolment here at the college, students need to maintain a consistent pattern of attendance.
The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) require all students to have a minimum attendance percentage of 85% throughout the year.
This means the college expects every student to attend school every day unless they are too sick to attend. In the event of absence caused by illness, the college requires an explanation of the absence within 24 hours of the student’s absence. Notification can be provided via text message, email or phone call. In the event of three or more consecutive days off, the college can request a Doctor’s certificate to support the provided reasons. If you have other reasons for a student being absent for the day (family emergency for example) please provide the college office with an explanation so we are able to account for the student’s absence.
For more information on school attendance please refer to our College Handbook.
Request for Student Leave
The Department of Education’s requirement for school attendance also affects opportunities for families to take holidays during school Terms. Some schools are withdrawing the option of families taking students out of school for holidays. ETASC is flexible but the Minister of Education requires us to ensure all student leave during Term time be approved by the college Principal in advance. A student leave request form is available from reception and needs to be completed 4 weeks prior to the planned absence from school.
Please contact the college office on 4323 1233 if you have any further queries about holidays during school Term.
ET Australia Secondary College – A Non Smoking High School
ETASC is a non-smoking secondary college for ALL students and staff.
Students who are caught smoking cigarettes during school hours will have their cigarettes confiscated and destroyed. Parents/carers will be contacted to inform them of this behaviour.
Any student smoking during school hours will be in breach of school rules. Any student smoking will be treated the same way as any other breach of school rules. Repeat offenders will be placed on a school contract that will stipulate the behaviour required to maintain their enrolment at the college. The school contract with the student will include provision of access to quit programs and access to the college psychologist to develop strategies to use instead of smoking during the school day. Breaching the school contract will result in the student’s expulsion from the college.
The college is currently accepting enrolments for Year 7 students for 2021.
Thank you to those parents/carers and students who are recommending our school to prospective students who will value and enjoy what ETASC provides.
If you or anyone you know are interested in a place for Year 7 in 2021 you are urged to act now. Please call the college office on 4323 1233 so we can send you an information pack in the mail.
School Fees will remain $1400 in 2020.
A reminder to parents/carers that ETASC is a fee paying school and the contributions made provide opportunities to students to participate in a variety of different learning experiences.
It is a requirement of a student’s enrolment that school fees are paid by parents/carers and failure to pay fees will result in the student’s enrolment being withdrawn.
Scholarships are available to families who are experiencing financial hardship and we encourage all parents/carers to apply for scholarships if they are struggling to pay school fees. Information regarding school fees, payment plans and scholarships are available on the college website.
For more information on ETASC school fees please refer to our College Handbook.
The Department of Transport’s introduction of OPAL Cards is designed to reduce the involvement of schools in the issue and re-issue of this free service for school children. Parents/carers are now responsible to follow up with errors / lost and stolen cards. Students are advised not to put OPAL cards near phones or other disabled cards.
For more information on Opal Cards please refer to our College Handbook.
Contacting Students in Class Time
Please do not phone your child during class time, they will be tempted to answer which is very disruptive to the class. Their phone should be off and out of sight. Parents/carers who need to contact their child during school hours are asked to do so by calling the college office on 4323 1233 or wait until break times.
Banned items – Reminder
A reminder to all parents and carers that the following items are banned at the college:
- Chewing gum
- Aerosol Cans- deodorant etc
- Permanent Markers
- Laser devices
- Metal of opaque drink bottles
- Cigarettes or e-cigarettes
- Cigarette lighters or matches
If students bring these items to school they will be confiscated.
If students continue to bring these items to school appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the consequences for breaches of the expected behaviours outlined at enrolment and in the College Handbook.
This Term in PDHPE students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities that not only develop athletic skills but also build friendships and develop team work skills which is an important attribute of being successful in a learning environment and in the workplace.
Year 7 and 8 will participate in a range of activities such as initiative and challenge games and rhythmic and expressive movement sequences.
Year 9 and 10 will participate in a range of fitness activities from boxing classes, yoga and attending lessons at Snap Fitness gym in Gosford.
Where a student has a temporary incapacity and requests an exemption, a letter from a parent/carer will suffice for one week, any time beyond one week must be supported by a Doctor’s Certificate. If you need further information please contact ETASC PDHPE teacher Joshua Wakem on 43231233.
Please note these options are subject to change depending on student selections.
Gifted and Talented
During Term 1, Gifted and Talented students will be completing the following:
Year 7 and 8 and Math Ability Group
- Australian Mathematics Trust Maths Challenge in March 2020.
The Australian Mathematics Trust Maths Challenge aims to prepare students for a future full of real-world problems – problems that will need ingenuity, creativity and determination.
Year 10 Math Ability Group
- Australian Brain Bee Challenge round 1 in March 2020.
The Australian Brain Bee Challenge is a competition for high school students in Year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.
Year 9 and 10 English Ability Group
- In English, students will analyse several poems by Australian and Aboriginal authors through poetry conventions and themes. Students in the Gifted and Talented English Ability Group will analyse a Year 11 and 12 poem to challenge and evaluate cultural assumptions and values in texts.
- Students will also look at connections between their studies in English and History, explaining and analysing the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the historical contexts that shaped the modern world and Australia to develop a historical timeline.
Year 9 and 10 Creative Writing Group
- The Creative Writing Group will focus on the use of writing techniques and the different ways in which stories can be developed, communication of ideas, proofreading, editing skills and specific creative writing skills – character development, plot development, setting, themes, point of view, dialogue and literary techniques. Students are encouraged to use a range of software processes to develop and publish their creative writing for submission in competitions throughout the school year.
- All interested Gifted and Talented students can participate in the Australian Photography monthly competition.
Free After School Tutoring
Any student who wants help after school (on any subject) should ask the subject teacher and arrangements will be made to provide free tutoring for most afternoons.
- Extension Maths (Year 10 students intending to complete the HSC) 2:30pm to 3:30pm
- Literacy tutoring 2:30pm to 3:30pm
- Extension Science (Year 10 students intending to complete the HSC) 2:30pm to 3:30pm
- Numeracy tutoring 2:30pm to 3:30pm
All extra curricular or tutoring classes are free.
Learning Enrichment Opportunities
ETASC offers free tutoring for all students.
For students who are identified as needing extra assistance with:
ETASC offers two reading programs: QuickSmart and MacqLit.
ETASC offers QuickSmart and consolidation of classwork and after school tutoring.
ETASC offers English tutoring and consolidation of classwork.
We strongly encourage all students to take advantage of our free tutoring.
Lockers are provided at no cost for students to store their school bags to improve security and work, health and safety. Students are asked to clean out their locker at the end of every Term. Items left in lockers at the end of each Term will be discarded. If you value the contents of your locker, please take it with you.
Students are encouraged to keep lockers locked at all times, even when empty. We are keen to prevent unauthorised access to your locker and/or to have other people placing objects in lockers which do not belong there.
Medication Taken at School
Parent/carers are reminded that students must not bring medication to school without advising the school in writing (this includes non-prescription medication). Medication which needs to be taken during school hours must be held and administered by college staff, not the student.
For more information on medication at ETASC please refer to our College Handbook.
Positive Behaviour Management and Rewards
ETASC has reviewed and refreshed our positive student behaviour reward system to include short term and medium term rewards. We will continue to offer reward days once a semester.
Short Term Rewards – Fortnightly Basis
Short term rewards will occur on a fortnightly basis and be awarded to one student from each class based on their behaviour in the previous two weeks. Teachers will take into account the number of positive behaviour reports or in class points awarded, the student’s attendance during this time and any noticeable changes in a student’s behaviour. Students will be informed of their positive award in a manner that is comfortable to them – during the whole school assembly, stage assembly, class time or on an individual basis. Short term rewards including but not limited to may be:
- Free lunch – pizza etc
- Trinkets, toys, stationery etc
Medium Term Rewards – Term Basis
The accumulation of positive behaviour reports over a Term will earn students medium term rewards. A schedule of rewards will be provided to the students at the beginning of each term. The accumulation of positive behaviour reports over the term will earn a student rewards according to the number they accumulate over the term. The number of positive behaviour reports required to achieve specific medium term rewards that could include:
|# of Positive Behaviour Reports
||Qualifies student to attend semester reward day
||Listen to music during class time for one week
||5 minute early mark at the end of the school day for one week
||Free lunch order to the value of $10
Long Term Rewards- Semester Basis
The long term reward for sustained positive student behaviour is an invitation to attend the reward days held at the end of each semester. Students will be invited to attend our reward day if they have accumulated at least 25 positive behaviour reports during the semester. If a student is invited to a reward day and engages in negative behaviour before the event, their invitation can be revoked. Reward day activities aim to be fun days with activities that students want to participate in. Our reward days so far have included:
- Go Karting
- Jet boats
- Laser Tag
- Mini golf
In determining whether students are entitled to attend a reward day the following will be taken into account:
The number of positive and negative behaviour reports a student has received
School attendance – students need to maintain a regular pattern of attendance
Outstanding school fees – A student’s school fees need to be no more than 1 month in arrears to be eligible to attend reward days
School Contract – if a student has been placed on a school contract they are deemed ineligible to attend reward days. Exceptions on a case-by-case basis may be considered by the Assistant Principal but this is not negotiable.
If parents/carers have questions regarding the positive behaviour system we welcome feedback and questions so please contact the Assistant Principal.
Duke of Edinburgh International Award
ETASC will be providing students in Year 8, 9 and 10 the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award in 2020. The Duke of Edinburgh is a non-competitive self-development program available to all young people which encourages them to set and achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs and aspirations.
There are four sections to develop; skills, service, physical recreation and adventurous journey. Throughout participation in this award students develop skills in decision-making, teamwork, organisation, communication, perseverance, self-confidence, leadership, resilience and citizenship. These are highly sought after employability skills and great for the holistic development of young people.
In 2019 we congratulated Maddison Frame and Liam Parle on the completion of their Bronze Award. Ten students in 2019 enjoyed completing four day hikes and two overnight hikes throughout the year. In 2020 we are looking forward to seeing some of these students go on to complete their Bronze award.
An email will be sent out in early Term 1 with details on how students who are ready for a challenge can sign up to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award.
Teaching Staff Changes
Changes in Responsibility
Morven Durick has been appointed to the Teacher on Duty (the TOD) role in 2020. The TOD will be a student’s first point of call if they wish to speak with a member of staff or if they are sent from class for behaviour reasons.
Graham Johnston will continue teaching Year 8 Music and will return to teaching Stage 5 Mathematics in 2020.
Narelle Leite will continue teaching Stage 5 Mathematics along with Stage 5 Science in 2020.
Tahlia Boettcher has been appointed as a Year 7 English, Art, and PDHPE teacher for 2020.
Nerida Turrise has been appointed as a Year 7 Mathematics, Science and Technology Mandatory teacher in 2020.
Katie Livermore has been appointed as a Stage 5 English and HSIE teacher for 2020.
Brooke Gordon has been appointed as a Stage 5 English and HSIE teacher for 2020.
The college is currently advertising the following positions:
- Aboriginal School Administration Officer
If you would like to know more about the requirements of this position, please call the college office on 43231233 and ask for an application pack.